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Moscow on the Hudson (Full Screen) [Import]

3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Maria Conchita Alonso, Cleavant Derricks, Alejandro Rey, Saveliy Kramarov
  • Directors: Paul Mazursky
  • Writers: Paul Mazursky, Leon Capetanos
  • Producers: Paul Mazursky, Geoffrey Taylor, Pato Guzman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 20 2003
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005QCTY
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Robin Williams will make you laugh and cry as a freedom-loving Soviet defector in this brilliant, thought-provoking romantic comedy. Circus saxophonist Vladimir Ivanoff (Williams) suddenly defects from his touring troupe in that temple of Western decadence - Bloomingdale's. Fleeing the K.G.B., Vladimir wins asylum and moves into the crowded Harlem flat of black security guard Lionel Witherspoon (Cleavant Derricks). Soon he has found both a voluptuous Italian lover Lucia Lombardo (Maria ConchitaAlonso), and a shrewd Cuban lawyer Orlando Ramirez (Alejandro Rey). Though Vladimir learns that life in America can be cold and even painful, he grows to love this strange and wondrous new land. Director Paul Mazursky has truly transformed Vladimir's declaration of independence into a very memorable film.

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Robin Williams in his fuzzy, sensitive mode with bittersweet touches plays a musician in a Russian circus who gets talked into defecting by a pal and does so (though the pal bails on him at the last minute)--in the middle of Bloomingdale's. A great concept, to be sure, but writer-director Paul Mazursky doesn't seem to know where to go from there. Williams winds up living in the same kind of poverty that he did in Russia, casting about for a way to make a living while both wallowing and drowning in the sudden tidal wave of freedom. Mazursky wants to make a point about how little we appreciate what we have, but he fails to entertain in the process--or at least to engage in a consistent way. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What prevents this film from an excellent rating is that its also a dated drama like the films the Spy who came in from the Cold and the HUMAN FACTOR..they may be great stories and films but they deal with a geopolitical situation which is past. U.S. Russis relations weren't what they were in the past and the word traitor is seldom heard these days. At One time as in the HUman Factor there was always talk of betrayal. Williams learned Russian for the role and adapts himself to the role wholeheartedly leaving his comedic nature in his past and there was talk of an Oscar nomination but no Oscar came. GIven his death it is one of his most fondly remembered acting pieces if not for the fact that it deals with how nations behaved during the cold war...its a dated film...it takes a bit of innocence to view today but if we put that aside and try to remember the cold war years..how the U.S. was a beacon for democracy...we may find his performance more endearing these days Russia is in the UKRAINE and politics has shifted and Russia has become more oligarchic if democratic on its own terms with multi party elections and free enterprise and media conglomerates we don't hear talk about betrayal anymore though it is still troubling times due to other reasons in Russian politics. Enjoyable though like the spy films, James Bond, John Le Carre, the human factor...it deals with 60's politics and nation rerlationships.
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This is not a great movie but definitely a sleeper. Robin Williams does a fine job as a jazz musician from Russia who deeply desires the freedom--and gets his chance--to play in America. The scene where he and his bandmates are being briefed by the KGB before traveling to New York is priceless, especially where the head agent pronounces Greenwich Village as "green-Vich Ill-yage". But the most priceless scene is where Robin Williams does defect in that greatest symbol of all American democracy and capitalism, Bloomingdales. From there, the movie teeter-totters between a comedy of cultures and some soppy sentimentality. Still, this is a movie well worth seeing, expecially for those of us who remember the dawning of glasnost
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This was probably Robin Williams' best movie. It was well-done.

Good for whole family. Potential teaching opportunity.

Story about an individual taking an unlikely risk and then struggling to make a go of it. Moral: "No guts. No glory." Also: "Nothing ventured. Nothing gained." A moral might also be: "When opportunity arises, take it." Moreover, a lesson might be: "Decisions have cost(s) - some great. Yet, good decisions will probably come with one or more worthwhile benefits/rewards. After all, perseverance usually pays off."

Entertaining.
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After visiting New York for the first time, I had to order this DVD. The film captures the experience I had in NY: Everyone was from someplace else! The hot dog vendors, the cab drivers, hotel staff, store personnel, waiters, carriage drivers, street performers. I loved the scene in the cafe: so-called American waitress, the lawyer from Puerto Rico (or Cuba?), the Asian and the Russians. This may seem like flag waving and some critics might nitpick, but the film truly captures the flavor of NY. Now, whenever I want to go back there again, I watch this film. All the cast was great, plenty of humor, a feel-good movie that celebrates America. Watch for the scene where Robin Williams is being followed.
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The part in Moscow is plain stupid and too far from the reality. And using Russian with subtitles does not help, just hurts. Especially for somebody who knows Russian, because they speak Russian with terrible accents (which is not usual there). It's like judging on how to care for a cat by Garfield comics, just take out the humor.
New York part is hectic, but for a convinced Mid-North-westener there is nothing new in this statement, so it's probably realistic enough. Unfortunately, it's just not very interesting either.
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By A Customer on Dec 15 2002
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The reviewer who mentioned the terrible accents I think didn't even realize that a lot of the people in this film are actually Russian...as Robin Williams would have said in Moscow on the Hudson...get a clue MEESTOR! This is a great film and very funny. At times it overdoes it on the flag waving, but it's still a charming film!
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reminds me of my coming to America.The ambience of the time in both USSR and US is recreated perfectly.Besides When they were making the movie I was in New York.Hence ,I just feel it.
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